Lawyers & Accountants Beyond London

Spears 2019

SARAH BALFOUR

IRWIN MITCHELL PRIVATE WEALTH

Sarah Balfour, a partner in Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s Birmingham branch, has spent the past 11 years advising the Midlands’ wealthiest families on nuptial agreements. Determined to disprove the notion that a prenup is ‘unromantic’, she is passionate about the… Read More

SIMON BETHEL

CAMBRIDGE FAMILY LAW PRACTICE

Simon Bethel has made a name for himself in representing high net worth individuals in the Cambridge area, but he also has a national profile as an arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, nationwide lecturer, and current chair of Resolution’s National Children… Read More

ROS BEVER

IRWIN MITCHELL PRIVATE WEALTH

Ros Bever has had yet another successful year since the landmark Supreme Court decision of Sharland and Gohil, the 2015 case which saw wives winning against dishonest husbands. Enquiries have streamed in ever since, many from clients of rival law… Read More

LIZ BRIERLEY

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

Liz Brierley, part of accoutancy firm Saffery Champness’ landed estates team in Bournemouth, advises farmers and landowners on all matters in relation to taxation, agriculture, property and other rural businesses. She has been working in the sector for over 25… Read More

JAMES BROWN

HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW

James Brown set up Hall Brown Family Law alongside Sam Hall in 2016 and in the space of 24 months it has become the leading family law boutique in Manchester. Brown admits that when they first set up the small… Read More

ALISON BULL

MILLS & REEVE

Alison Bull is an important figure in Mills and Reeve’s Manchester office with experience across the range of family law including mediation and collaborative law. Bull is part of a national team of impressive reach, with offices in Birmingham, London,… Read More

RICHARD CARTWRIGHT

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

Richard Cartwright, who heads up Saffery Champness’ private wealth and estate management business in Bristol, is also now the firm’s deputy chairman. ‘HMRC are becoming increasingly challenging in their approach to engaging with clients and ourselves,’ he has told Spear’s… Read More

MICHAEL CASH

PENNINGTONS MANCHES

A sought-after solicitor with over two decades’ experience, Michael Cash advises HNWs, specialising in domestic and international trust and estate litigation, including breach of trust claims, disputes over wills and estates, and claims under the Inheritance Act. Intrafamily conflict over… Read More

JULIA COX

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

‘It is a bit trite to say that our main opportunities come from the challenges, but it’s true’, says Charles Russell Speechlys partner Julia Cox. ‘Life can be complicated no matter how wealthy, successful and connected you are, and this… Read More

ALEX DAVIES

CRIPPS LLP

‘Helping people to make their lives better in the future than they have been in the past’ is what drives Alex Davies in his role as head of the Family Law team at Cripps, where he specialises in complex divorce… Read More

ALISON EDMONDSON

SKO FAMILY LAW

A skilled negotiator and an experienced litigator in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, Alison Edmondson is committed to alternatives to litigation, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. The Edinburgh-based lawyer’s primary focus is financial issues arising from… Read More

PAUL FAIRBAIRN

CRIPPS LLP

Paul Fairbairn joined Cripps in 2018 from Withers and advises both domestic and international clients on their succession and tax planning. He works with HNW families to help structure the ownership of their assets across generations in a tax efficient… Read More

SALLY FIRBY

CRIPPS LLP

Property lawyer Sally Firby is described as being ‘at the top end of the residential rural market’ by industry commentators and is highly regarded for advising clients on the purchase and sale of high value country homes, farms and estates…. Read More

Bibi Fortin Lees

BIBI FORTIN LEES

ADAMS & REMERS

Head of Adams & Remers’ private client department, Bibi Fortin Lees’ practice encompasses all aspects of private client advice for HNWs concerning tax and trust law. She has represented many of these HNWs for decades, and now also acts for… Read More

ROBERT GILMOUR

SKO FAMILY LAW

‘You can learn from others, but you can only be truly successful by finding your own voice,’ says Robert Gilmour, specialist family lawyer at SKO. He claims he finds inspiration in his clients and says ‘the humour, resilience and generosity… Read More

SUSAN GLENHOLME

DEBENHAMS OTTAWAY

Partner and head of Debenhams Ottaway’s private wealth team Susan Glenholme is an adviser on wills, probate, tax planning and estate administration, specialising in high value estates. She has HNW clients in Hertfordshire and London. ‘The vast amount of information… Read More

SAM HALL

HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW

Although it is not fashionable to admit within the legal profession one of Sam Hall’s favourite aspects of his job is that it allows him the opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives. ‘It is difficult to think… Read More

MARIE-LOUISE HAMILTON

WRIGLEYS

Marie-Louise Hamilton, a partner at Wrigleys and head of the family business and trust management teams, has a remarkable variety of clients, illustrating her outstanding ability in a ‘complex and very specialist’ industry. From farmers, entrepreneurs and sports personalities to… Read More

MATTHEW HANSELL

MILLS & REEVE

Mills & Reeve’s private client business in Birmingham – which Matthew Hansell heads – focuses on HNWs, family-owned enterprises, entrepreneurs, and business professionals as well as the richlisters of the Midlands. Hansell’s calm approach to advising them (or, as he… Read More

NICOLA HARRIES

STEVENS & BOLTON

Stevens & Bolton is arguably the premier law firm in Surrey, and head of family Nicola Harries is one of its leading lights. ‘The last 12 months have been very busy, with a marked increase in litigation,’ she says. Harries… Read More

Katherine Haslam

KATHERINE HASLAM

ADAMS & REMERS

Partner and head of the commercial property team at Adams & Remers, Katherine Haslam specialises in landed estates work and has been at the firm for 15 years. ‘An interest in history and the need to engender a sense of… Read More

GARY HEYNES

RSM

Gary Heynes, the national head of RSM’s private client services, tells Spear’s: ‘Our clients are broadly the individuals behind businesses, and standalone individuals with complex affairs, which can be offshore and international’. In a personal capacity, Heynes tends to act… Read More

SARAH HOSKINSON

BURGES SALMON

‘I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be a lawyer if I wasn’t a family lawyer,’ muses Sarah Hoskinson, who was made a partner at Burges Salmon in 2012 and has since built the foundations for a stellar practice in London and… Read More

BERNADETTE HOY

GARSIDE & HOY

Partner and head of family law at Garside & Hoy, the firm set up by her father in 1952, Bernadette Hoy has over the last 25 years been instrumental in the growth of the family department and the firm as… Read More

JOLENE HUTCHISON

BLASER MILLS LAW

Partner and head of family divorce at Blaser Mills Law, Jolene Hutchison trained with the firm and became partner in 2010. While her main focus is HNW divorce and preparing prenups, her department covers the range of family law matters… Read More

RACHAEL KELSEY

SKO FAMILY LAW

‘We are bloody good at what we do,’ says Rachael Kelsey, partner and co-founder of SKO Family. ‘We don’t take on many clients – we turn away two of every three enquiries, but those we take on we are totally… Read More

JAMES LISTER

STEVENS & BOLTON LLP

James Lister is a key figure at the impressive Guildford firm, which provides a London standard of advice at less-than-London prices. He joined the firm to take up role of head of the Contentious Trusts & Estates practice in 2017,… Read More

GEORGE LYALL

WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON

International private wealth lawyer George Lyall isn’t so sure that the Brexit vote has done much to ruffle clients’ feathers: ‘I don’t believe that Brexit will affect my clients in the long run, other than because of current uncertainty which… Read More

FRANCIS NATION-DIXON

ADAMS & REMERS

A highly rated tax and trust specialist singled out by experts as ‘extremely capable’, Francis Nation-Dixon moved to Lewes after nearly two decades in the capital: a geographical split that suits his ‘Sussex and London’ outfit, Adams & Remers. But,… Read More

ANDREW NEWBURY

HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW

Andrew Newbury is a partner at Hall Brown who has been regularly ranked as a ‘leading expert’ in the top tier of legal guides. A recent listing states that the solicitor’s ‘knowledge of procedures is second to none’ and that… Read More

JUSTINE OSMOTHERLEY

CLARION SOLICITORS

Justine Osmotherley is celebrating her tenth year at Clarion Solicitors, after joining in 2008 and moving up to head private client services in 2012. Clarion’s family team – which falls under her private client purview – is made up of… Read More

SUSAN OSWALD

SKO FAMILY LAW

Susan Oswald is one of the founding directors of SKO. The firm specialises in family law and celebrated ten years of business in 2018. Oswald advises across the whole spectrum of family law matters, including separation, divorce and financial provision,… Read More

SIMON PEDLEY

MILLS AND REEVE

Simon Pedley is arguably one of the leading lawyers in contentious trusts the north of England, with an impressive expertise in resolving issues in the charitable, private wealth and sport sectors. Pedley is the man for charities to approach if… Read More

NICK PHEASEY

KPMG

Nick Pheasey has been advising HNW and UHNW clients as a partner at KPMG’s Manchester office since 2013. ‘We’ve done a lot of work for shareholders of large, privatelyowned businesses, in connection with selling them to private equity firms or… Read More

JENNIFER RIDGWAY

MICHELMORES

Private wealth partner Jennifer Ridgway acts for HNWs and their families on ‘all aspects’ of wealth structuring, including advising on succession issues and tax planning. Based at Michelmores’ Exeter office, her clients hail from around the globe, but she also… Read More

MICHELLE ROSE

VEALE WASBROUGH VIZARDS

‘It always feels like a privilege when clients share their family backgrounds with me,’ says Michelle Rose, head of private clients at Veale Wasbrough Vizards, who specialises in disputes arising out of wills, probate and trusts. ‘It’s often as important… Read More

GORDON SINGER

PWC

The head of PwC’s north east private business practice, Gordon Singer is bullish when Spear’s catches up with him: ‘As far as Brexit is concerned, while the ultimate outcome is uncertain, our clients are adopting a “can-do” spirit as they… Read More

STUART SKEFFINGTON

STEVENS & BOLTON

Stuart Skeffington is a respected adviser on ‘all aspects’ of private client work, from complex onshore and offshore trust structures to tax planning for business owners. The head of the tax and trusts team is clear on the difference between… Read More

KIRSTEN TASSELL

DELOITTE

A partner at Deloitte for nine years, Kirsten Tassell runs the firm’s Cambridge private client practice. Her clients include entrepreneurs, professionals, UHNWs and HNWs. With more than 25 years’ private client experience, Tassell says ‘I’m dealing with different families, their… Read More

SIMON THOMAS

MICHELMORES

‘Highly experienced, very measured, very capable,’ says an industry commentator of the head of Michelmores’ family team, which has niche expertise in complicated surrogacy cases. Simon Thomas’s 25-year practice covers all corners of family law, with specialism in big-money cases… Read More

BRIGID TURNER

TURNER NICHOLSON

It’s rare to find the experience of divorce pleasant in any way, but for one of Brigid Turner’s clients, the proceedings turned out to be far more than just bearable. ‘It was almost a pleasure getting divorced with Brigid alongside,’… Read More

JOHN WEST

SKO FAMILY LAW

John West is known by colleagues to be diligent, responsive and bright, and clients regularly comment on how much they have valued his sensitive and professional approach. He works with individuals as lead solicitor and in multi-disciplinary teams on larger… Read More

JOHN WEST

SKO FAMILY LAW

John West grew up in Shetland, a small group of islands in the middle of the North Sea – ‘closer to Norway than to London’ – where looking out for one another and playing an active part in the community… Read More

BETH WILKINS

HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW

‘I have the dubious honour of being described as the “doyenne of family law in the North West”,’ laughs the stateswomanly Beth Wilkins, a specialist in the family law landscape for over 30 years. The moniker is well-deserved. During her… Read More